Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP has welcomed figures published today (15 November 2018) showing over 222,000 new homes were delivered in 2017 to 2018.
This represents the highest level of new homes delivered across England in all but one of the last 31 years and brings the total number of additional homes delivered since 2010 to 1.3 million.
Today’s figures demonstrate more desperately needed homes are being delivered – a vital step in ensuring the housing market works for everyone – and that we are on track to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s.
This year’s increase follows significant government reforms, including more streamlined planning rules and more investment into the Affordable Homes Programme.
To ensure we continue to build the homes needed, the government has a comprehensive programme of targeted investment, planning reform and other measures. This includes removing the biggest barrier to councils building homes, the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap – freeing up councils to deliver a new generation of council housing – up to an estimated 10,000 homes a year.
Communities Secretary Rt Hon James Brokenshire MP said:
“Today’s figures are great news and show another yearly increase in the number of new homes delivered, but we are determined to do more to keep us on track to deliver the homes communities need.
That’s why we have set out an ambitious package of measures to deliver 300,000 homes a year by the mid-2020s. This includes over £44 billion investment, rewriting the planning rules and scrapping the borrowing cap so councils can deliver a new generation of council housing.”
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